For the first time in her career, Angelique Kerber can hoist the trophy for winning the 2016 U.S. Open title for beating Karolina Pliskova 6 – 3, 4 – 6, 6 – 4.
The match could easily have gone the other way. Tied at one set each, Kerber trailed 3 – 1 and was down a service break over the 10th seeded Pliskova before rallying to win the match.
The outcome mean that Kerber, who won her first Grand Slam event at the 2016 Australian Open by defeating Serena Williams, will be ranked atop the world when the newest rankings come out on Monday.
Kerber has Pliskova to thank for not having to meet Williams in the final, as Pliskova ended Williams’ tournament in the semifinals.
Kerber followed her usual pattern of forcing her opponents to stay in rallies for two or three extra shots on each point, hoping to captialise on unforced errors. In this match, Kerber won nine of 14 points in the first set that went beyond 10 strokes and kept her own unforced errors down to three, while extracting 17 from Pliskova.
On the men’s side, the final will feature Novak Djokovic against Stan Wawrinka.